On Friday, May 25, Artist Charles Bourke Wildbank will open a major exhibition in the spacious Barn Gallery of Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport in the North Fork, WILDBANK 35 Years of Art in the East End. The show is scheduled to run through June 24, 2012.
Charles Wildbank’s connection to Long Island’s East End dates to the late 1970s, when he first visited Westhampton Beach, and he has continued to paint in the area ever since. His connection to the countryside and its beaches goes back to his roots in the Manhasset Bay and Roslyn Harbor areas as well as the lakes of Maine. Early in his career Wildbank completed his major in painting and photography at Pratt Institute, using a camera as a “sketchbook” for his paintings and portraits. Deaf since birth, unable to speak throughout much of his youth, Charles’ talent was discovered through his copious pencil sketches rendered for the purpose of communicating his requests for anything he wanted: candy, lost objects, places to visit, animal pets, etc..
Subsequently, Wildbank gained a reputation as a portrait artist through his supportive family and their friends. This solo exhibition will reveal new works in the context of his early work. With 35 years of painting in the East End, Wildbank is arguably one of the most beloved and possibly the most collected artists in the Hamptons. Early works include a large double portrait of David Hockney, plus a surprise extra, an unearthed watercolor portrait of his grandfather painted at the age of 15.
New paintings include magnificently detailed photorealistic portraits presenting larger than life visages of the humanity he silently observes in the world surrounding him; a startlingly giant sleeping infant, a dreadlocked farmer looking beyond himself and the canvas, a young girl attempting a bubblegum challenge as if to puncture the echoing silence of the gallery. Flowing from these highly detailed photo-realistic paintings, more new works: massive abstract murals of ocean waves. ‘I left out the horizon in these sea abstractions to express the expansiveness I feel when I am watching the ocean,” said Wildbank. “Though I cannot hear the waves of the sea, watching it, swimming in it, thrills me beyond any horizon.”
The switch from photorealism to abstraction in the hands of any other artist would seem incongruous, but in the case of Charles WIldbank, it is magnificent. If the portrait series demonstrates Wildbank’s finely detailed perspective, then the wave series zooms his lens in even closer; all the way to the atomic level of water into new horizons.
Wildbank’s new work in this show moves fearlessly from the disciplined realism of the portraits and still life to the exhilarating freedom of his abstract waves. Both the new and the earlier works in this solo show, seduce the viewer to look closer, and, in the words of Charles Wildbank, remind you to “see everything beautiful.”
The exhibition opening will be celebrated on Friday, May 25, at a reception from 4 onto 7 p.m. in Jedediah Hawkins Luce Barn Gallery, on South Jamesport Avenue, a half a block south of 25A Main Street in Jamesport.
If planning upon dining that evening in the area, highly recommended is the Jedediah Hawkins Inn directly across the kitchen herbal garden. Please make your reservations early for this holiday weekend at http://jedediahhawkinsinn.com
Recently, a small treasure has resurfaced since the family moved out of their big Long Island home, The John Philip Sousa House in Sands Point. It is a miniature needlepoint portraying Charles Wildbank’s parents which Charles painted onto a needlepoint grid from a snapshot taken in the Bahamas during the 1960’s.
Though small this needlepoint turned out, the features have managed to make it past the confining limitations of needlepoint to a pleasing result showing its perplexing pre-digital pixelation. Hardly did Wildbank realize until later during the 1990’s that he would be artistically involved in the digital age in his now digital painting through Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter.
Wildbank continues his portrait work to this day. He hopes to have a large exhibition of his super portraits this summer 2012. Please visit his latest webpages at http://wildbankfineart.com
Wildbank’s visit to Palm Beach and the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo last month was met with success. Art fans can now enjoy one of his sea life paintings of seashells, “Star of the Sea” in the reception desk area of the Ocean Reef Club Hotel. This clip shows an inside look as Charles applies paint strokes to the canvas including some of his other beach scenes. Currently he is working on another large wave painting, a part of his Wave series due completion the end of this month. Please return to this blog for more details soon and check out his new webpage addition http://wildbankfineart.com
Wildbank unveils his “Golden Wave” painting at The Laurel Group at Baywoods in Watermill. Interior designer Martin Ross spoke praises on painting “The Recital” of a surreal piano swept away at sea plus “The Buddha” shown.
The highlight of exhibition, “The Wave” painting, has been enlarged in Wildbank’s studio into a new triptych this year by adding a pair of panels on each side, adding up to 14 feet length. It was a grand evening so professionally hosted by Mr. and Mrs. McAteer of The Laurel Group and catered by Sen restaurant of Sag Harbor serving delectable sushi and fine wine.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
The Laurel Group at Baywoods
910 Montauk Highway, Watermill NY 11976
The Laurel Group at Baywoods presents paintings and murals by critically accaimed artist, Charles Wildbank. Special Art Series “HADO: Waves of Consciousness” is being showcased from August 2-August 25th. Opening Artist Reception on Saturday, AUGUST 13th from 5-8PM at The Laurel Group at Baywoods. Wine and Lite Fare will be served.
The Laurel Group specializes in sophisticated residential and commercial landscape projects in locations such as Long Island’s Gold Coast, the Hamptons, Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Founded in 1993, the firm continues to build upon a reputation of excellence centered on impeccable design and unbeatable service.
Wildbank features some of his large marine murals and his newest work. It will be broadcast as LIVE youtube and twitter video event this Satuday in the Hamptons! For RSVP please contact email@example.com
It has been a greatly packed evening at Christie’s in Rockefeller Plaza, New York with great artworks, jewels, exotic travel getaways, lunch with Robert and daughter Uma Thurman up for auction to benefit Tibet House’s much needed community programs. Mary McGuire and I’ve had the honor of meeting the hosts and friends: Robert Thurman author of Tibetan Book of the Dead, his daughter Actress Uma Thurman, International Fashion Model Petra Namcova, Debbie Misajon of Amankora Resorts, Brent Olson of Geographic Expeditions, Sergio Francescon of Jacques Carcanagues Gallery, Artist Romio Shrestha of Celestial Gallery, Marie Siefring of Avedis Venetian Plaster, Interior Designer Debra Geller, and Artist Guy Stanley Philoche. Also attended were Fashion Designer Donna Karan, Chef Eric Ripert, Celebrity Photographer Patrick McMullan. I’ve created a page covering this event. Visitors are welcome to send more photos to this page by sending email to Charles Wildbank at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who would have adequately estimated the value of a Van Gogh painting at the moment of its creation, save alone the artist himself? Most likely the artist has painted humbly from his indefinable soul and as a counterpart, a new patron would emerge mutually recognizing this greater vision expressed through the work of art.
Adam Katz is one of my patrons. Owner of Talon Air and Sea Charter from Long Island, Adam supports value and it runs across the board in every aspect of living. It is an exchange of both worlds, the artist and patron relationship, but in terms of the broader vision of serving others at large. Adam’s vision is to enhance the businessman’s travel needs incorporating them into a seamless experience. Art can only lend to the tone and ambience of the headquarters, resonating its positive energy among all concerned who enter.
It happened that because my photography expertise came handy, my images of his entire air and sea fleet created through large format giclee printing technology now adorn his corporation walls as well as some of my original oils as shown here.
The art throughout would perpetuate this inherent enduring value as tokens of a lifelong friendship. Though usually understood as being priceless, many would agree that art itself appreciates and continues to remain appreciated.
Article and photographs, courtesy of Artist Charles Wildbank
On a wet Saturday afternoon, Mary and I took a tour of Chelsea’s galleries and stumbled upon the unusual ceramic masks and sculpture by Japan artist Mieko Yuki. Also included in the exhibit are masks to the theme of the Ningyo Shimai Theatre performing this month in New York. The themes are rich in parables dating back to the Edo era. As many cups of tea or sakes a day consumed by me are worn by this intriquing sculpture BA KA SU which is translated as “to bewitch” or “to change identities”. Here I was very warmly welcomed by Mieko and her crowd. The receptive atmosphere of the Ippodo Gallery brings forth fond memories of the tenderness I experienced in my travels to Japan.
Wildbank’s large canvas “Cool Wave” is featured in this month’s issue of Westchester Cottage & Garden. Breathtaking color schemes have been collaborated with interior architect genius, Debra Geller, throughout the large home in Armonk, New York. First level is rich in aquamarines, peacock, sea foam, asparagus and citrons. Result is a vibrating resonance reflected from the art to the heart.